Gunshot victim and others released from jail

Jenna Bordelon

BURBANK -- Three men, including a man shot through the chest, were

released from custody Wednesday after being booked Friday on suspicion of

attempted murder following an alleged shootout, police said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said Artur

Margaryan, 27, of Glendale; Arthur Karagezyan, 24, of Burbank; and Artur

Hartunyan, 34, of La Crescenta, were released Wednesday due to

insufficient evidence.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Lonnie A. Felker said the district attorney's

office was not ready to file charges against the men.

"At this point, we rejected it for further investigation," Felker


All three men were arrested Friday after an alleged exchange of

gunfire left Hartunyan in serious condition at Los Angeles County-USC

Medical Center, police said.

Sheriff's Department officials said Hartunyan was transferred to the

Los Angeles County jail Monday, but officials would not release any

information about his medical condition.

Police were continuing to investigate the incident that began in the

400 block of South Glenoaks Boulevard Friday evening. Police said they

received a report of numerous gunshots by frightened witnesses.

Officers chased a dark blue 2000 Mercedes Benz for a short block. One

of the men in the car jumped out and called to police that his friend was

shot, police said.

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